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Protect Your Child From Identity Theft

While the credit bureaus sit on their hands when it comes to child identity theft, several states have legislation that give parents a tool to prevent it from happening to their child. When a child's identity is stolen, criminals can use their identity to buy homes, open new lines of ...

3 Banks That Rip You Off With Reorder Fees

Three giant monster mega-banks have been singled out for gaming the system when it comes to NSF fees. Are you banking with any of these bad boys? Pew Charitable Trust has identified Bank of America, Chase, and Wells Fargo as the 3 banks that play dirty pool with your money. ...

How To Deal With Tax Return Identity Theft

  Tax fraud and tax return identity theft is becoming more common every day. It's even hit several of Clark's Consumer Action Center volunteers. Here's how one of them took care of it. "Reject Codes IND-508. Primary SSN in the Return Header must not be equal to the Spouse SSN ...

Can you trust the accuracy of your tax preparer?

Can you trust the accuracy of your hired tax professional?  Maybe not, according to new studies...So what's a tax payer to do? Taxes are complicated. They take a lot of time and mental energy as well. That’s why April 15th has always struck fear into the hearts of many Americans. ...

Don't get short-changed when selling gold

Don't get short-changed when selling gold

Looking to sell unwanted gold jewelry for cash? Studies show too many are getting short changed. There's only one way to make sure you're getting the real value.

Is The Stock Market Rigged?

Reports are now emerging that the stock market is rigged against small investors. But while that may add to your cynicism, it shouldn't subtract from your desire to save and invest. At the heart of the latest scandals is what's called HFT (high frequency trading). This is where insiders cook ...

Avoid the biggest IRS scam in history

Avoid the biggest IRS scam in history

Just in time for tax season, criminals are working overtime trying to get your money in a new phone scam. Know the ploy so you can stay safe…

Check your statement for fake charges

Have you seen a suspicious charge for $9.84, $10.37, or $12.96 on your credit or debit card recently? If so, you're not alone. In the past, I've told you about a criminal ring based in suburban Los Angeles that went to a bank and bought the credit card numbers of ...

Red flags that could prompt an IRS tax audit

Red flags that could prompt an IRS tax audit

You might have a bull's-eye on your back for an audit if this describes your tax situation…

Fake IRS phone scam making the rounds

Just in time for tax season, scamsters are working overtime trying to get your money in a new phone scam. The Internal Revenue Service reports sophisticated IRS impostors are calling people and demanding immediate payment, according to The Los Angeles Times. The scamsters use phone spoofing to make their number ...

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